Issued 28th Jan 2023 - The Coromandel has experienced a severe weather event, with a state of emergency declared on 3 Feb 2023. As a result, some roads have been closed (with alternative routes to be taken).
Some local DOC campsites are closed, and Te Whatu Ora Waikato advises everyone to not use coastal beaches, lakes, rivers and streams until at least 48 hours following heavy rainfall due to potential bacterial contamination.
Please take care in and around the region and keep up to date through the following agencies.
A track steeped in Kauri logging history. Remnants of the logging days can be seen on the track and in fact, the track itself follows the old packhorse track that took supplies up to the kauri loggers working and living in the hills.
A track steeped in Kauri logging history. Remnants of the logging days can be seen on the track and in fact, the track itself follows the old packhorse track that took supplies up to the kauri loggers working and living in the hills. Giant kauri stumps, abandoned logs, kauri dams and old tramlines can also be seen on this walk. The highlight of the trip is the last section of the track which is a steep climb leading to the jagged summit of the Pinnacles. Walkers are rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of the Coromandel region. Tip: A visitor centre is located at Kauaeranga Valley on the way to the start of the Pinnacles Walk. At the Visitor Centre there is an audio-visual show and displays that inform visitors about the history of the valley. Note: Care must be taken at the summit. Walkers will be required to do a bit of scrambling up rocks. It is recommended that visitors book the hut in advance particularly if walking the track during the weekend. Mid-week walking is recommended as there are fewer people walking the track. Length: 8 hours round trip. This walk can be done in one day however it can also be done as an overnight staying at the Pinnacles Hut. It is an approx three-hour walk to the Pinnacles Hut then a two-hour return trip to the Pinnacles from the hut. The hut is a modern eighty-bunk hut. Before you head up there call the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre 07 8679080 for an update on tracks and road conditions.